Newcastle United loan forward Tom Heardman to Gateshead

Gary Mills
Gateshead boss Gary Mills is having to contend with a number of injuries among his strikers

Conference side Gateshead have signed Newcastle United striker Tom Heardman on loan for a month.

Heardman, who has played for the Magpies' Under-18 and Under-21 sides, will provide cover for the injured Jon Shaw, James Brown and Carl Finnegan.

The Gosforth-born 19-year-old is available for Tuesday's visit of Lincoln to the International Stadium.

Under the terms of the deal, 6ft 4ins Heardman can still play for Newcastle's Under-21 side.

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